Because of a good deed today, I got to see my first cormorant in Colorado and my first good picture of one ever. When I was in New Zealand in February and March, I saw lots of cormorants, but never got close enough for a good shot.
I had walked over to the office to deliver a notice to another resident that came to me by mistake. On the way back I noticed a strange bird on the raft in the lake. At my apartment I quickly grabbed my camera, thinking that the bird would have almost certainly flown away before I got close enough for a shot. But my motto is that if you don’t try, your chances of success are zero.
Fortunately, when I got close enough, the bird was still there, and the sun was finally out after three days of rain. So I fired away, taking 360 shots — almost a full 8GB card — in 9 minutes. I only stopped because the sun went behind a cloud.
Then, my first problem was picking the one shot that I would keep. This is the one.
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The other problem was identifying the bird. According to The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America, this is a double-crested cormorant.